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  • Thu, January 24, 2019 7:16 PM | Anonymous

    Hi everyone - this week's animal issues legislative update is attached; please see the Pending Legislation chart for new activity, including the introduction of the Working Animal Protection Act in Missouri.

    Also, a quick update on CT HB 5248 (to prohibit performing animals) -- I checked the Environment Committee's meeting calendar, and the bill has not appeared on the Committee agenda yet. There was a meeting scheduled 1-18-19, but the bill was not included, and there are no further meetings or hearings posted for January. I will keep monitoring. In the meantime, listed below is the contact information for the Environment Committee members; please feel free to copy and paste to share with your members and contacts to send messages of opposition to this HB 5248.  Thank you! [read more]


    Mary Lou Kelly

    Joint Committee on the Environment
    Connecticut General Assembly
    Legislative Office Building, Room 3200
    Hartford, CT 06106
    Phone: (860) 240-0440


  • Thu, January 24, 2019 6:52 PM | Anonymous

    By: Timothy Herrick
    WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2019
    Bob Johnson not only helmed the Outdoor Amusement Business Association (OABA) for 24 years as its president and CEO, but was at the forefront in navigating its complicated and often tricky... {read more}

  • Thu, January 17, 2019 10:46 PM | Anonymous

    "What OABA is Doing for You"
    Wednesday, February 6, from 3 PM to 4 PM
    Carousel Events Center
    IISA Trade Show, Gibsonton, Florida

    Presented by OABA’s Board members on Wednesday afternoon, in the Carousel Event Center, learn about the key initiatives OABA has involved with, such as: State Amusement Ride Regulations and ASTM Standards relative to ride corrosion and welding; the H-2B visa program to insure seasonal staffing needs; the new, OABA “VOLT” on-line education program for employees; and other programs and communications your industry Trade Association has been working on to protect, educate and promote your business. 

    This will also be a great opportunity to give our Board members, your feedback on how we are doing and what else the OABA should be doing for the industry and our members, to help you!


  • Thu, January 17, 2019 9:51 PM | Anonymous

    Increased convention attendance, positive outlook among fairs and new interest by national carnival companies in the Ohio fair market highlighted the annual convention of the Ohio Fair Managers [read more]

  • Thu, January 17, 2019 9:42 PM | Anonymous

    On The Earie       
    By Tom Powell, OABA News Ambassador

    While the state and county fair seasons are still months away, except for perhaps, Florida, Texas, and California, [read more]


  • Thu, January 17, 2019 8:48 PM | Anonymous

    This week's legislative update is attached for your reference.  There are a number of new bills this week, so please check out the Pending Legislation chart for new activity. [read more]

    Thank you, and have a good weekend!

    Mary Lou Kelly


  • Thu, January 17, 2019 8:40 PM | Anonymous


    NEAAPA is once again teaming up with NAARSO for the 2019 Education Conference and Annual Meeting. Participate in excellent sessions with top-notch speakers and network with other industry professionals from around the region [read more]


  • Thu, January 17, 2019 8:29 PM | Anonymous

    Greg Chieko: OABA Appoints The Big E's Midway "Liaison" As President & CEO

    The largest association of U.S. carnival companies starts the new year with the a new president [read more]

  • Thu, January 17, 2019 8:17 PM | Anonymous

    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*  
    (dollars per gallon)

              Change from
      12/31/18 01/07/19 01/14/19   week ago year ago
    U.S. 3.048 3.013 2.976   values are down -0.037 values are down -0.052
    East Coast (PADD1) 3.110 3.069 3.049   values are down -0.020 values are down -0.014
    New England (PADD1A) 3.234 3.216 3.208   values are down -0.008 values are up 0.094
    Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.286 3.242 3.217   values are down -0.025 values are down -0.046
    Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.965 2.921 2.903   values are down -0.018 values are down -0.010
    Midwest (PADD2) 2.907 2.869 2.823   values are down -0.046 values are down -0.158
    Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.841 2.821 2.788   values are down -0.033 values are down -0.037
    Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 3.071 3.026 2.987   values are down -0.039 values are up 0.003
    West Coast (PADD5) 3.562 3.528 3.471   values are down -0.057 values are up 0.070
    West Coast less California 3.246 3.180 3.130   values are down -0.050 values are up 0.032
    California 3.813 3.805 3.742   values are down -0.063 values are up 0.101
    *prices include all taxes

    *prices from www.eia.org

  • Thu, January 10, 2019 8:22 PM | Deleted user

    KEY EVENTS FLORIDA WEEK 2019

    February 3 – February 8
    Tampa & Gibsonton, Florida

    Sunday, February 3

     6 PM - 11 PM  Fare Foods Superbowl Party - Sheraton Hotel (Palm)
    Monday, February 4  
    8:30 AM - 3:15 PM NICA Business Expo & Education - Sheraton Hotel
    5 PM - 9 PM 
    Fare Foods Trade Show - Sheraton (Ballroom)
    9 PM
    Fare Foods Hospitality Suite - Sheraton (Palm)
    Tuesday, February 5
     
    8:30 AM - 4:45 PM
    NICA Business Expo & Education - Sheraton Hotel
    11 AM - 5 PM
    IISA Trade Show Opens - Gibsonton
    9 PM
    Fare Foods Hospitality Suite - Sheraton (Palm)
    Wednesday, February 6
     
    9AM - 5 PM
    NICA Business Expo & Education - Sheraton Hotel
    11 AM - 5 PM
    IISA Trade Show – Gibsonton
    Noon – 2 PM
    SLA Capitol Preservation Committee – Sheraton Hotel
    2:30 PM - 4 PM
    NICA Update on H-2B Visas & DOL Audits by OABA – Sheraton (Cypress)
    4:15 PM – 5 PM
    OABA Reception Honoring 2019 Hall of Fame & Pioneer Recipients - IISA Carnival Museum - Second Floor
    4 PM - 6 PM
    NICA General Membership Meeting - Sheraton (Cypress)
    6 PM
    IISA Carnival Museum Dinner and Jamboree Fundraiser – IISA Carnival Museum
    7 PM - 9 PM
    NICA  Annual Gala - Sheraton (Ballroom)
    Thursday, February 7
     
    8 AM - 9:30 AM
    OABA Board Sponsor Breakfast & Board Meeting - Sheraton  (Cypress)
    11 AM - 5 PM
    IISA Trade Show - Gibsonton
    1 PM - 4 PM
    Florida Federation of Fair “Partners Shootout & Dinner” - Lithia
    7 PM - 10:00 PM 
    Third Annual OABA Top Golf H-2B Advocacy Fundraiser –Tampa
    Friday, February 8
     
    9 AM - 10 AM
    SLA Scholarship Committee Meeting - Sheraton
    11 AM - 4 PM
    IISA Trade Show - Gibsonton
    12:30 – 1 PM
    SLA Board of Governors Lunch – Carnival Museum
    1 PM
    SLA Board Meeting – Carnival Museum
    6 PM - 9:30 PM
    OABA’s 54th Annual Member Meeting and Chair’s Reception - Sheraton (Ballroom)
    10 AM - 11 AM
    SLA Nominating Committee Meeting - Sheraton
    12:30 PM - 2 PM
    MAI, Inc. OABA-Duke Smith Memorial Education Fund Board & Scholarship Meeting - Sheraton (Palm) 
    9:30 AM - Noon
    OABA Board Meeting – Sheraton (Cypress)
    3 PM - 4 PM
    What OABA is Doing for You - OABA Executive Board - Gibsonton
    4 PM - 5 PM
    SLA Member Social – IISA, Gibsonton
    6 PM - 10 PM
    IISA Annual Banquet & Ball – IISA Carousel Pavilion - Gibsonton
               
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